Julie Arduini, a Boardman-based writer with 12 contributing author book credits, is the first-place winner of the JournEzine 6th Annual Christmas Contest. Her story, "The Dollar Store Statue," honors military families who have lost loved ones to the war. The theme for the contest was "Emmanuel, God With Us."
Arduini's story is featured in the December issue of JourEzine, as well as sent to all prayer partners and board of director members associated with Heart of God International.
Arduini has been writing since 2007 and is known as the "Surrendered Scribe," encouraging audiences to find freedom through surrender with her fiction, nonfiction, and speaking. She's a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and is part of the team blog, Christians Read with authors Vicki Hinze, Camy Tang, Hannah Alexander, Kathi Macias, Elizabeth Goddard, Sarah Goebel, Maureen Lang, James Rubart, Lynette Sowell, Yvonne Ortega, and Yvonne Lehman.
The JournEzine staff has a free download available of all contest entries available to anyone wanting to read Christmas short stories. To access the PDF, visit this link: hgimnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/JournEzine-2011-Christmas-Competition.pdf. To learn more about Arduini's writing, visit her website at juliearduini.com.